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Pete’s Picks: Princess of Sylmar in The Alabama, Indy Point in The Arlington Million

Posted by Pete Mitchell on 8/16/2013 4:03:33 PM

Who: Thoroughbreds – Princess of Sylmar, Fiftyshadesofhay, Indy Point, Little Mike, Grandeur
What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – The Alabama, The Arlington Million
Where: Saratoga, Arlington
When: Saturday, August 17th

On a Saturday loaded with Grade 1 stakes action, we’ll focus our attention on the 133rd Running of The Alabama at Saratoga and the 31st Running of The Arlington Million at Arlington. Lets take a closer look at these prestigious events below.
#4-Princess of Sylmar (3-5) appears to be a standout in The Alabama. She defeated one of the top fields in years in The Kentucky Oaks, then made a shambles her Coaching Club American Oaks opposition last out. The scary thing is…trainer Todd Pletcher believes she’ll be even better going the mile-and-a-quarter distance of The Alabama. While I have the utmost respect for jockey John Velazquez, who takes over the mount on the talented #6-Fiftyshadesofhay (2-1), winner of two straight graded events, he’ll have his hands full trying to hold off the late charge of Princess of Sylmar. Trainer Bob Baffert will instruct Velazquez to try to win this on the front end, but that appears to be a tall order against arguably the top 3YO filly in training. I’ll bet on Princess of Sylmar to win The Alabama at odds of 2-5 or better.
The odds on #7-Indy Point (9-2) in The Arlington Million figure to be much juicier. This colt, who has not yet turned four chronologically, was a sensation in Argentina, and made his U.S. debut a winning one off a 7-month break for the masterful Dick Mandella. Now that the rejuvenated Gary Stevens has gotten familiar with his mount, they’ll made a formidable pair in The Million, especially at a distance which is more to the colt’s liking. Indy Point figures to enjoy a stalking trip off speedsters like #4-Nates Mineshaft (30-1) to his inside and defending champ #11-Little Mike (5-1) to his outside, and should get the jump on the late-closing #13-Grandeur (7-2), who breaks from the outside post. I’ll bet on #7-Indy Point to win and place at odds of 5-2 or better, and parlay Princess of Sylmar to win with Indy Point to win.
Those are my horse racing betting tips for this weekend. Best of luck and happy gambling!

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